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I've always had trouble with this solo. I'm not sure why, but every time I sat down to learn it I'd go 10 minutes then conclude that I was never going to get it and just learn something else. I decided today I was going to quit messing around and just muscle through it. 3 hours later, I present this recording.

Any comments are appreciated, I wonder what parts could use improving? I've got so much time sunk into it I want to get it perfect. Also, if anyone can give me a crash course in applying a vibrato while holding a bend that would be great. It doesn't seem physically possible.

Posted : 05/09/2006 9:22 pm
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Very well played. You got it basically note for note, sounds great.

Usually I wouldn't say anything, but as it seems you are going for an exact copy of the solo from the CD, he does at least one pinched harmonic in there somewhere. Listen to the solo as he plays it and you should hear it. Really, very minor, just thought I'd mention it. (This happens to be one of my favourite solos, big Gilmour fan, that's the only reason I noticed it was missing)

Sounds great, as for bending and vibratos: It really just comes down to practice and finger strength. Keep doing it and you'll get it eventually. Half a year ago I couldn't do them at all, now I can do it with any one of my fretting fingers, you just gotta keep working at it.

Posted : 05/09/2006 9:39 pm
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I think there's three harmonics in the solo, the only one I was trying to hit was the first note of the solo. I'm about about a 33% success rate, my harmonics also need work.

I didn't use to be a big Gilmour fan, but I think I've listened to nothing but Pink Floyd for at least the last month, possibly more. At one point I listened to Dogs on repeat for a week straight. As I learn his songs I'm realizing that being able to bend a vibrato is an absolute necessity.

Thanks for the feedback, and for reminding me that Seinfeld is on TBS at 6.

Posted : 05/09/2006 9:59 pm
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I think you nailed it! your effort paid off :wink:

Posted : 06/09/2006 6:20 am
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Very good!!


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Posted : 06/09/2006 6:22 am
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gets my vote!! 8)


Posted : 06/09/2006 9:04 am
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Thanks fellas. The b version which I put up shortly after I was posting here is far superior to the original one I posted I think. Amazing how taking a little break can breath new life into your fingers if you've been hacking at the guitar nonstop for a couple hours.

Posted : 06/09/2006 2:20 pm
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Very good :D How long have you been playing? Now that you have the solo down pretty good, try playing it in your own style. Keep up the good work :D --the dog

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Posted : 06/09/2006 8:58 pm
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You really nailed it, Ivan. I am not trying to be nice, I really think you nailed the sound, feeling and style of the original recording! Great job. If someone played this for me a told me it was Gilmour playing live, I would believe them.

Where did you get the music background to play over? Also, did you learn the solo by ear, or do you have tab?

Posted : 06/09/2006 11:13 pm
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If there's one thing GN never lacks it's positive feedback.

dog - I've technically been playing 7 years, but I only started really trying about 2 years ago.

fenderbender - The background is from, not sure which version it was. I downloaded all the comfortably numb bts and took the one that sounded best. I used a tab from, and I also slowed it down about 80% at first to learn some of those quick runs.

Thanks again everybody, I'm pretty happy with the recording. Wish I could vibrato those bends though. Some day....

Posted : 07/09/2006 1:43 am
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Nice job. Personally, I think slower solos like this one are way harder to pull off with any conviction. I hear a lot of people playing some really fast solos hitting every note and other people commenting and being amazed. What I usually hear though is a poorly executed, mechanical regurgitation. Solos like this really can open your ears so to speak. You concentrate more on capturing the feel than just playing every note. When you fail to play a solo like this with conviction, eveyone notices. They don't talk about how you missed this note or that bend so much as, "it lacked feeling". So, anyway nice job. Not that it still couldn't use a bit of improvement but over all, the message or mood of the solo came through loud and clear.

Posted : 07/09/2006 3:29 am
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Posted : 11/09/2006 9:35 pm
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I've been in a band where the guitarist would learn every solo note for note. When we'd play them I would get all goosebumpy and thrilled to hear those solos wail while I'm drumming to them.

I got that feeling listening to your lead.

I really enjoyed it and you did a fantastic job on it. My compliments to the chef!!!! :D


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Posted : 11/09/2006 10:20 pm
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Excellent! It seemed to get better and better as it went on, it seemed a tiny bit 'forced' inititally but after a while it just started flowing. Great great stuff, thanks for sharing!

Posted : 11/09/2006 11:43 pm